Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

The South Jersey Jazz Society will host two very special jazz Christmas concerts on December 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Gateway Playhouse, 738 Bay Ave. Somers Point.
Performing will be the Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band with special guest vocalist Cathy Rocco.
This concert will feature the music made famous by the TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
The Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward 16 piece Big Band is made up of some of the premier jazz artist in the tri-state area.
Joining the band for this much anticipated holiday celebration will be Resonance Record artist Cathy Rocco. Cathy’s stylistic interpertations create a solid interaction with the melody, and are uniquely hers.
“The Charlie Brown Christmas” featured the music of pianist, composer Vince Guaraldi. The music and the TV special have become a perfect blend of jazz and the holiday spirit.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the South Jersey Jazz Society’s Scholarship Program
Admission is $25.
For more information or tickets visit www.southjerseyjazz.org or
call 609-927-6677.

MIDWEEK JAZZ AT GRUNIN CENTER FEATURES NEW SPIN FOR THE HOLIDAY

Jazz saxophonists Peter & Will Anderson present George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, Ocean County College, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please use Parking Lot #2. Tickets: $24-$20. Purchase tickets online http://grunincenter.org, call 732-255-0500, or visit the Box Office, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.

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AC Ballet Kicks Off The Holiday Season With It’s A Shore Holiday

This Thanksgiving weekend the Atlantic City Ballet will be bringing back It’s A Shore Holiday to help kick off the holiday season. It’s A Shore Holiday blends classical and contemporary dance set to beloved holiday tunes. This “Radio Cityesque” review will feature the AC Ballet Professional company along with live singers and a six piece band. Although The Nutcracker will always remain a holiday staple in the ballet’s repertoire, this production allows those who may never entertain the idea of going to the ballet a chance to see for themselves what it’s like. Phyllis Papa, AC Ballet’s Artistic
Director can attest to that. “It really showcases the company’s versatility because there is all forms of dance incorporated throughout the show. We love to be able to bring ballet to people in ways they may not have imagined”.

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Japanese Cultural Performances Highlight Paper Art Exhibit at Stockton Art Gallery

A series of special performances highlighting Japanese culture will be held at Stockton University Nov. 14-18 to celebrate the exhibit of paper art by Japanese artist Kyoko Ibe currently on display in the Stockton Art Gallery.

All events are open to the public, and most are free.

The highlight will be performances of “Recycling: Washi Tales” in which four tales of paper making from Japanese history will be told, incorporating the works of the exhibit into the performance. Continue reading Japanese Cultural Performances Highlight Paper Art Exhibit at Stockton Art Gallery

The Lighthouse International Film Society presents the screening of Under An Arctic Sky

The Lighthouse International Film Society presents the screening of –Under An Arctic Sky- It is a beautifully filmed adventure documentary about a group of surfers who journey to Iceland’s north coast in search of perfect waves during the largest storm in 25 years.  The film follows six surders along with adventure photographer Chris Burkard and filmmaker Ben Weiland as they seek out unknown swell in the remote fjords of Iceland’s Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

Six surfers set sail along the frozen shores of Iceland, knowing that the worst storm to hit the country in twenty-five years is about to arrive.  Enduring constant darkness and stormy seas they discover perfect waves and make history of surfing under the northern lights.

Chris Burkard’s visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the TED station, design product lines,teach, and publish a collection of books, including a children’s book.  Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his full-scale production studio and art gallery on the Central Coast-Pismo Beach, California.

A beautiful film that you can see at Surf N’ Paddle, Beach Haven NJ – 7:00PM- Saturday November 25th.

The 10th Anniversary of The Lighthouse International Film Festival will be June 7-10,2018. Mark your calendars and check us out.
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Variety of Holiday Shows Light up the Grunin Center at OCC

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts will present a full schedule of Holiday Shows from November 30 through December 21.  All shows take place at the Grunin Center, Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please use Parking Lot #2.

OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGAENT EVER, Thurs, Nov 30, and Fri, Dec 1 and Dec 8, 7:30pm; Sat, Dec 2 and Dec 9, 8pm; and Sun, Dec 3 and Dec 10, 2pm, Black Box Theatre, $15. A unique and entertaining spin on an age-old tale. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has an edge – but the edge is funny, irreverent, and irresistible. Author Barbara Robinson’s prose is fast, clever, and very funny. Though it’s all in fun, it offers a subtle but important lesson: Just because you’re bad doesn’t mean you’re hopeless. Continue reading Variety of Holiday Shows Light up the Grunin Center at OCC

Holiday, Laser, and Special Events Set for November & December at Novins Planetarium

Enjoy a celestial experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Bldg #13) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please park in Parking Lot #2.  Enjoy a variety of laser, kids, sky, and holiday shows!

SPECIAL EVENT

Fri, Nov 17 at 7:00 p.m. – Scout Night: Calling all Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts! Join us for a special Scout Edition of our popular Stars from My Backyard Star Talk. Learn about the sun, moon, weather, constellations, and planets visible in the current sky.

KIDS SHOWS

Sat, Nov 4Nov 11, & Nov 18; Thurs, Nov 9; and Fri, Nov 10 & Nov 24, and Sat, Nov 25 at 12:30 p.m. – The Stars from My Backyard: Live Star Talk for Kids! (Ages 4-10). Learn about the sun, moon, weather, constellations, and planets visible in the current sky. Fun stories, songs, and a passing rainstorm help make this an exciting introduction for young children. Continue reading Holiday, Laser, and Special Events Set for November & December at Novins Planetarium

Brick Drama Club Production The Curious Savage

The Brick Township High School Drama Club Presents The Curious Savage on Friday, Nov. 17th at 7pm and Saturday, Nov. 18th at 2pm and 7pm in the Brick High School Auditorium, Chambers Bridge Rd., here.

The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow whose husband has left her $10 million dollars. She intends to give the entire fortune away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object. To prevent her from doing away with their family’s wealth and ruining their legacy, they have her committed to a sanatorium called The Cloisters, and it is among the gentle residents there that she finds her true family.

Directed by Ms. Cheryl Best, the cast of students includes Lauren Boyle as Ethel Savage, her step children, Zack Shiess (Titus), Carli Kreminski ( Lilly Bell), and James Baracia (Samuel). The residents are Christan Brando (Jeff), Zack Bliss (Hannibal), Samantha Paradise (Florence) , Brynn Umbra (Fairy) and Rachel D’Elia ( Mrs. Paddy). The cast rounds out with Carly Sullivan (Miss Willie), George Morano (Dr Emmett) , Sam Graziano, John MacIntosh, Lauren Dyke, Brianna Kruzinski, Camren Pellot, Katie Zigo and Lauren Dyke as nurses and doctors.

General admission tickets are available at the door. Students are $8 and Adults are $10. Ticket reservations can be made through Ms. Best at bthsdramaclub@brickschools.org.

“THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH” AT GRUNIN CENTER FEATURING PETER NOONE AND HERMAN’S HERMITS

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone come to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College on Saturday, November 25, with two shows! Matinee at 2:00 p.m. and Evening at 8:00 p.m. Performances take place on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Continue reading “THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH” AT GRUNIN CENTER FEATURING PETER NOONE AND HERMAN’S HERMITS

Pine Shores’ Art Harvest Show Opening Reception Nov 5

Pine Shores Art Association annual Art Harvest Show hosts a free open house reception for participating artists and the public on Sunday, November 5 from 1 – 4 pm in their gallery at 94 Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin.  The show will remain hanging throughout the month of November and be open to the public on Sundays from 1-3 pm and Wednesdays from 10 am-2:30 pm.

All Pine Shores’ members are invited to enter the Art Harvest Show, which is one of the major exhibitions in the annual Pine Shores’ calendar.  Over 300 area artists are members, and more than 50 are participating in this show, each presenting one of their best original works completed within the last three years that was not done in a class setting.  Continue reading Pine Shores’ Art Harvest Show Opening Reception Nov 5